Friday, 16th of April 2010
When considering people for roles graduate recruiters look for
certain key qualities and skills. Here is a list of the Top 10
qualities you should be making sure you possess in order to get
those graduate jobs!
10. Commitment - when you are being interviewed the first thing a graduate recruiter is looking for is your willingness to commit to the role. They are asking themselves, 'Does he/she have the drive?' and 'Will they apply themselves whole heartedly to the role?'
9. Self-improvement - graduate recruiters want to see how you will be able to learn, adapt and improve as an employee of their company or institution. Your capacity for self-improvement means your results will improve and thus the company will also. For this reason mention something in an interview that you feel is a personal weakness but make sure you flip this into a positive point by saying how keen you are to improve this area. For example, if you are looking for a graduate job say your weakness is that you have little or no experience in a full-time work environment, but that you are highly adaptable and quick to learn.
8. Leadership - even for graduate jobs recruiters are looking to see whether you have leadership skills even if they will not be employed at first but at a later date with promotions secured.
7. Problem solving - the infamous psychometric tests are the measurement for your problem solving skills. So get practising, there a many websites that offer free mock psychometric and verbal reasoning tests.
6. Teamwork - like leadership, this is something you should try to stress on your CV. Working as part of a team is absolutely essential to virtually every graduate job out there so you need to be able to explain, and preferably demonstrate, how capable you are of this.
5. Articulation - this is measured by your interview technique. When you are answering a question the interviewer is not just wanting to hear the correct answer but also how well you explain that answer. Furthermore, if your role requires written work you may be asked to complete an exercise of some sorts such as writing a dummy article. Obviously in this case, your written communications skills are vital.
4. Trustworthiness - this is a little harder to prove simply in an interview but, as you would guess, is an absolutely essential quality to possess. Good ways to demonstrate trustworthiness is with past work experience, for example you may say that you worked in a pub and were left alone whilst the landlord went out or were given large amounts of cash to take up to head office when you worked at a department store.
3. Autonomy - graduate job positions are much different from past work experience you may have had in that they require you to be autonomous as well as just following orders. Give examples of how creative, analytical and independently minded you are in order to demonstrate your ability to be autonomous.
2. Politeness - this may go without saying but showing good manners in the way you sit, say goodbye and shake hands can make the difference between getting a job and not.
1. Confidence - above all be confident. Confident in yourself, how you are coming across and how capable you are of fulfilling the graduate job. If you do not believe in yourself then the graduate recruiter definitely will not. Stay calm, smile, if the interviewer has a little joke or chat with you respond in the same manner (although don't go too far!) Remember that confidence is evidence of capability.
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